Body of Missing Student in Haiti Found

Three students and two professors are still missing in Haiti and presumed dead

The body of one of the four missing Lynn University students was found inside the rubble of the Hotel Montana in Haiti on Wednesday, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Courtney Hayes, 23, was in Port-au-Prince with a group of 14 students and faculty from the school on Jan. 12, when the 7.0 earthquake rocked the capital city and destroyed the hotel the group was staying in. Most of the students were outside by the pool when the quake shook the ground and avoided the collapsed hotel.

The group was part of the school's "Journey of Hope" program, a humanitarian aid effort.

Still missing are students Christine Gianacaci of Hopewell, N.J., Stephanie Crispinelli of Katonah, N.Y., and Britney Gengel of Rutland, Mass. The missing professors are Dr. Patrick Hartwick and Dr. Richard Bruno.

Lynn University has not confirmed the body is that of the former student, but the Palm Beach Post is reporting Hayes' sister, Laura said the family was contacted by authorities.

Despite stories of people being found alive under the rubble after being trapped for as many as four weeks, university officials had all but given up hope that any of the missing students would return alive.

At a press conference two weeks ago, the school said it was "time to grieve."

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